Munich (dpa / lby) - The Bavarian Parents' Association (BEV) has described the ministry's approach to ensuring the supply of teachers after the summer holidays as an "emergency plan". "Finished plans for the coming school year have to be thrown overboard, classes that are already largely fixed have to be re-formed. There is a risk of lessons being canceled, which is particularly painful in subjects such as art, music and sport," said the association on Friday. After all, these are best suited to intercepting the psychosocial after-effects of the lockdown period.
Funds are still available to bring external forces and offers to the schools. However, the point in time for new contracts with creative artists, music schools and sports clubs for the new school year is often too late, criticized BEV state chairman Martin Löwe. In addition, the state government also bears some of the blame if no external experts can be found. "It's a scandal that workers in schools are still only given 11-month contracts. An employer who creates such poor conditions shouldn't be surprised if the influx is limited."
Shortly before the end of the school year, the Ministry of Education informed the elementary and middle schools that in the future "selective restrictions on optional and special offers" would be necessary. The teachers' associations immediately translated this clause to the effect that numerous offers would have to be canceled after the holidays in order to have enough teachers as class teachers. The ministry cited the long-standing shortage of teachers and the up to 30,000 Ukrainian children who had to be taught in so-called bridge classes as reasons.
"Nobody expects perfect solutions in times of need," emphasized Löwe. But: "By mid-March at the latest, both the state government and the district governments could expect a large influx of people from Ukraine. If those responsible had prepared for the changes earlier, the school family could now be spared chaos, excitement and disappointment."